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Laryngitis

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. It causes hoarse voice or temporary complete loss of the voice because of irritation to the vocal folds (vocal cords). Dysphonia is the medical term for a vocal disorder, of which laryngitis is one cause.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with laryngitis, 87% report having sore throat, 83% report having hoarse voice, and 79% report having cough. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of laryngitis are sore throat, hoarse voice, and throat feels tight, although you may still have laryngitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with laryngitis often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy, occupational therapy assessment, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy; biopsy, other or upper gi therapeutic procedures, diagnostic procedures on ear, injections and aspirations of muscles; tendons; bursa; joints and soft tissue and other diagnostic radiology and related techniques .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with laryngitis include guaifenesin (mucinex), robitussin ac, benzonatate, clarithromycin, guaifenesin / hydrocodone, robitussin dm, betamethasone topical product, dextromethorphan / guaifenesin / phenylephrine, phenol topical, brompheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine, methamphetamine, hydrocodone-potassium guaiacolsulfonate and penicillin g benzathine (bicillin) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for laryngitis include .

Age

< 1 years
0.3x
1-4 years
0.4x
5-14 years
0.7x
15-29 years
0.9x
30-44 years
1.4x
45-59 years
1.1x
60-74 years
1.2x
75+ years
0.8x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
0.6x
White
1.2x
Other
1.2x
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